30 Shiloh seniors receive diplomas Friday
HUME – High school ended and adult life started Friday night for 30 young men and women at Shiloh High School.
The school’s commencement exercise followed the tried and true pattern of starting with an informal procession at 7 p.m. when the seniors entered the gym with red roses to distribute to parents, other family members, favorite teachers or perhaps someone who played an important role in their lives. A slide show followed picturing the individual class members as babies, throughout their school time and finally as seniors.
Shiloh’s graduation is largely student driven with class members taken lead roles in the exercise.
Jacob Neill led the audience in the pledge of allegiance, and Kayla Thurston delivered the official welcome on behalf of the class. She said graduation marks a big change for the seniors.
“Up till now a lot of people were making the tough decisions for us,” said Thurston.
She noted it is time for the graduates to make their own way, follow unexpected paths and seek new opportunities.
“Every moment counts and keep every door open,” Thurston said, delivering a charge for how the class members should live.
Cody Richardson delivered the salutatorian address. He said while it was a momentous occasion everyone on the stage was a little nervous, and he recalled some of the class history.
“We were seen as a loud and rambunctious class that drove teachers insane,” said Richardson.
He also offered a sort of apology to the teachers by thanking them for leading him and the others on their journey through education at Shiloh.
Hali Wenglarz introduced the Shiloh Band’s performance of “I Hope You Dance,” and Amelia Tracy introduced the Shiloh Choir singing, “I’ll Always Remember You.”
The final speech of the evening came from valedictorian Andrea Benner, who referred to elements of the class members’ time together and the friendships made.
“I really tried to find a description of our class, but our class defies description,” said Benner.